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Captivate (Need Series #2)

Captivate (Need Series #2)

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by Carrie Jones

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Zara and her friends knew they hadn't solved the pixie problem for good. Far from it. The king's needs grow deeper every day he's stuck in captivity, while his control over his people gets weaker. It's made him vulnerable. And now there's a new king in town.

A turf war is imminent, since the new pixie king, Astley, is moving in quickly. Nick nearly killed him in


Zara and her friends knew they hadn't solved the pixie problem for good. Far from it. The king's needs grow deeper every day he's stuck in captivity, while his control over his people gets weaker. It's made him vulnerable. And now there's a new king in town.

A turf war is imminent, since the new pixie king, Astley, is moving in quickly. Nick nearly killed him in the woods on day one, but Zara came to his rescue. Astley swears that he and Zara are destined to be together, that he's one of the good guys. Nick isn't buying it, though Zara isn't as sure -- despite herself, she wants to trust the new king. But it's a lot more than her relationship with Nick that is at stake. It's her life -- and his.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Anita Barnes Lowen
The last few weeks have been hard for Zara. She "kidnapped her dad...accidentally saved a pixie...car blew up...skin changed color...not to mention...a Spanish test and an art project due and...nothing to wear to the dance." Worse yet, the trapped pixies (Read the author's first book, Need, to learn about pixies and why Zara and her friends have trapped them in an isolated house.) have escaped and are wreaking havoc in the town. Nick, her boyfriend forever and a "were," who can transform into a wolf, has been grievously injured and taken by a Valkyrie to Valhalla. There he will become a warrior when Ragnarok (the final world-ending battle of Norse mythology) comes to pass. Will Zara allow the pixie king- in-waiting, to kiss her and irrevocably change her from half human/half pixie to fully pixie? In doing so, she might be able to rescue Nick, but possibly at the cost of losing her soul. Readers will enjoy the fast-moving plot, action scenes, and lots of Zara's inner dialogue as she tries to come to terms with what she must do if she is to save Nick, while staying true to her own self. Reviewer: Anita Barnes Lowen
Kirkus Reviews
In trademark idiosyncratic figurative prose, Jones continues her supernatural series set during a cold Maine winter and begun in Need (2009). Zara's father is a pixie king, and she's terrified of turning pixie herself. Pixies are malevolent and deadly, burning with not-quite-defined "need." Fighting against them are weres/shapeshifters, including Zara's passionate boyfriend, Nick. This is a flattish middle installment, with steady momentum but little progress. The best aspect is Zara's band of loyal friends: hottie Nick, sometimes wolf; pal Devyn, sometimes eagle; zippy Issie, altogether human; grandma Betty, kickass EMT and occasional tiger. New pixie king Astley claims Zara as his queen but won't kiss her (turning her pixie) until she so chooses. Everything grand hinges on this choice, but for Zara-despite her Amnesty International activism and flashes of awareness about anti-pixie bigotry-only Nick matters. When yet a third pixie king threatens Nick, Zara will do anything to reach Valhalla and save him. Neither the best nor worst of supernatural romance, but the fusion of self-sacrifice and burning love will fully slake the thirst of eager Need fans. (Paranormal romance. YA)
VOYA - Alissa Lauzon
Zara and her friends knew that trapping a Pixie King was not going to end their problems. Now other Pixie Kings are looking to take over Zara's father's territory and claim Zara as their Queen. Zara begins to struggle with her belief that all pixies are evil when she meets Astley, another Pixie King who challenges her theories on a regular basis and insists that he is one of the good ones. After tragedy strikes, Zara is forced to trust Astley with her life in order to rescue Nick from Valhalla and fight on the side of good in a battle for ultimate control. Jones constructs another captivating—and appropriately titled—read that will not disappoint fans of Need (Bloomsbury, 2009/VOYA December 2009). She continues to build her world and characters in a believable fashion. While introducing elements of Norse lore, this sequel begins to reveal the bigger picture as the inevitable war between good and evil unfolds. Zara continues to grow, and although she has her clinging and dependent moments, she ultimately asserts herself, takes control, and makes a difficult decision to do what she believes is right. Astley adds new dimensions to pixies—are they truly all evil, or are some good as he claims? Supporting characters add interest as readers, like Zara, will want to smack Devyn and Issie until they get together. Funny dialogue, lots of action and suspense, and an unexpected ending will leave readers clamoring for the next installment. Reviewer: Alissa Lauzon
VOYA - Mary Boutet
Protagonist Zara is basically Buffy the Vampire Slayer if Buffy were dealing with pixies rather than vampires. The book is full of witty, funny dialogue and nail-biting action scenes, so distracting that you crash head first into the thought provoking messages woven into the story without even realizing it. It is a fun, well-written book with an exciting and diverse set of characters to keep you constantly entertained. The major issue, however, is that the moment Zara loses her love interest, Nick, the snarky, butt-kicking Buffy image quickly falls apart and reveals another weak female character who "can't exist" without her boyfriend—much more Bella than Buffy. That quibble aside, it is a book that I would recommend to any of my friends, and by the time the last page is turned, it is easy to see that it lives up to its title. Reviewer: Mary Boutet, Teen Reviewer
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—In Carrie Jones's sequel (2010) to Need (2008, both Bloomsbury; Brilliance, 2009), Zara and her friends have been capturing pixies and locking them up to save their Maine town. Like vampires, but apparently messier and more violent, out of control pixies need to feed on blood. Zara's father, the pixie king, was imprisoned in the first book, and he begins to lose power over his people. But, as Zara and her friends learn, there are rival kings. Julia Whelan does a wonderful job of giving each character a distinct voice, and her delivery and comic timing are spot-on. Norse mythology is woven into the tale, adding a different layer to the fantasy elements. There is plenty of backstory throughout the book to allow listeners to catch up and get to know the characters and their situation. The ending is a bit abrupt, and listeners are left eagerly awaiting the next installment.—Genevieve Gallagher, Charlottesville High School, VA

Product Details

Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
Need Series , #2
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Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 11.96(h) x 0.82(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years


Meet the Author

Carrie Jones is an award-winning author who recently graduated from Vermont College's MFA program. In addition to penning Need, she is the author of the YA novels Girl, Hero; Love (and Other Uses for Duct Tape); and Tips on Having a Gay (Ex)-Boyfriend, which was nominated for a YALSA Quick Pick and won the Maine Literary Award as well as the Independent Book Publisher Award (the IPPY) . Her upcoming picture book Moe Berg, the Spy who Played Baseball (from David Godine) is being illustrated by Barry Moser. Carrie lives in Ellsworth, Maine.

www.carriejonesbooks.com www.needpixies.com

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Captivate (Need Series #2) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 519 reviews.
Deby_Fray More than 1 year ago
This is the second time when i really understand that the authors can actually made a perfect "book 2" within how many books they are planning to write. I love "Need", i really enjoyed it, the new crazy topic, the strong character that Zara White is, everything. And Carrie definitely did not disappointed me, or anyone with "Captivate". You have to realize that it is between the first conflict and the final one, but the new characters, the new situation, the traumatic changes that Zara is going through, accepting was is intended to be, being strong by herself, everything has a reason to be, and what a perfect way of putting all the pieces just there, in our minds, pieces that are going to be accommodated in the following book, or books. I loved it from the begginig to the end, i really think that Carrie Jones is creating a amazing strong female character, and a lovely group of people that touch your heart. I´m gonna be desperate until the next book comes out. But i wait, cuz it worth it!! And if you don´t agree after you finish the book, you can always complian to me!
iluvhersheys_andbooks More than 1 year ago
Captivate is a remarkable book, as a sequal to Need, I have to say the second surpassed the first, leaving me even more excited about what else is comimg up in the series. Romantic, suspensful, and captivating (pun-intended), Captivate is a must read sequal that takes readers more into the faerie realm introduced in the first book and into the minds of new and old characters leaving you needing (another intended pun) more!!! Zara, the spunky main character who has just recently lost her step-father, learned she is part faerie, and found out her real father is a faerie King that has been preying on little boys, is one of the many characters I fell back in love with after the months between reading Need and Captivate. In my opinion, Zara grew more as a character than anyone else in the book, and that made me love the book so much more. From the naive girl in the first book (remember- the girl who runs towards the unnatural voice in the woods in the middle of the night calling her name), to an incredibly strong leading character who isn't afraid of taking risks and plunging into danger for the sake of those she loves. Watch out Rose (Vampire Academy) Zara's now in the running for my favorite leading character!!! Nick, Issie, and Devyn also grow in this book. Issie is still the loveable best friend who would still do whatever it is to help her supernatural friends even if she isnt exactly sure what she is doing. I stilled loved Devyn, I jumped up and down when he finally got out of his wheelchair, but then sat immediately back down when I realized it wasn't Issie he was sharing this special moment with. I mean gosh, Devyn is the eptiome of how clueless guys really get. All through the book I was yelling at him "How can you do that to loveable Issie?". And Nick is still the overprotective "hero guy" he feels he needs to be throughout the book. Where do I start with this plot? So much is going on. Escapes, new Kings, a developing love triangle, transformations, discoveries, and so many near death experiences, and the new King Astley is at the center of it all. To be honest, I really didn't like him at all. Not only because he threatened my beloved Nick's place in Zara's heart, but because he seems so fake. Everything he said seemed to be totally ingenuine, and just for the sake of getting on Zara's good side. It was annoying. Every chapter brings a new faerie tip, and shocking gasps making you want to change pages even faster!!! The ending was the perfect setup for the next book. Though some might think it was just a way to guarantee readers buy the next book, I don't think of it like that at all. I am even more eager for the next book in this series than I was for the second, and I expect it to be just as great in every way!!! I Recommend: I recommend this book to all lovers of paranormal romances, lovers of the first book, fae, love triangles, and a book that you will definately not be able to put down!!! www.blackandblueink.blogspot.com
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Though I did love this book it was quite sad and I hate it when series leave you hanging and waiting for the next book.. but it was amazing
Vampiregirl95 More than 1 year ago
I read need right when it first came out. The cover had drawn me to it and I', soooo happy it did! The book really sucks you in. I love the relationships between the characters(especially between Nick and Zara.) I can not wait for captivate to come out! Carrie Jones is an excellent writer. Go out and by Need, so you can read Captivate!!!!! :D
katie_kaleidoscope More than 1 year ago
this book was absoultey amazing. a very excellent sequel to need. what happens to nick will break your heart and make you wanna cry(it did me!) and what zara has to do is shocking. i loved it. i highly recommend it. and i can not wait for the 3rd :))
acornucopiaoflove More than 1 year ago
As the second book in the series, I wasn't sure what to expect from Captivate. I enjoyed Need, the first in the series, and I was interested to see how Zara's story would progress now that her pixie king father was trapped in a house surrounded by an iron circle. One of the first things that I noticed was that each chapter was introduced differently than they had been in the previous book. In Need, each chapter started with a phobia, but in Captivate, each began with a pixie hint/tip, or a definition. In my opinion, this was the best indicator of how much Zara had grown over the course of the two books. She has a group of great friends, and she's become a person who deals with her problems head on. One of the reasons that I like Zara's character so much is because she isn't a damsel in distress. Sure, sometimes this characteristic gets her into trouble, but she isn't going to go home and relax on the couch while her family and friends are out fighting pixies. This book introduces a new character, Astley. He's another pixie king who has come to Maine, and he has a strange connection to Zara. I think that his character added a bit of romantic tension to the book, and also caused Zara to acknowledge her half-pixie side. I'll be looking forward to seeing whether Astley's true intentions are revealed in the next book, because I'm not sure I completely trust his character. I think I actually enjoyed reading Captivate more than I enjoyed Need. This is rare, because usually sequels don't live up to the high expectations I have. The action picked right back up, however, and it sucked me back in. Not only was it action packed, but it was fairly emotionally charged, too. Without giving too much away, toward the end of the book my heart broke for Zara. The only issue that I had with Captivate, is that the book ends with a big cliffhanger. I've found that cliffhangers are something that readers either love or hate (or a bit of both), so that's just a warning. I do think that the cliffhanger fit well with the story, though. Overall, I'll be eagerly anticipating the next book. I also love the cover, and I thought I should give some bonus points for that.
DreamerWA More than 1 year ago
I'm not exactly sure why - but whenever the story comes around to Zara and Nick the writing becomes overwhelmingly, unbearably corny! The first half of the book is a challenging obstacle with poor dialogue and tacky overuse of the pet name "baby". Zara, who is supposed to be the heroine of the book, lacks admirable characteristics - she is selfish, narrow-minded, immature, and a hypocrite - all of her focus and her main top priority is her boyfriend, Nick. There is no mention of concern on Zara's part about the safety of the people in their town, instead her constant thoughts and worries focus in the safety of her boyfriend which is repeatedly mentioned in the first half of the book. Let us not forget that Zara is supposed to be a major supporter of Amnesty International, yet to the contrary she is quick to judge, condemn and imprison an entire species that she knows little about. You would think that a person who would have the compassion to write letters in support of human rights would have a guiltier conscious and be more highly aware of oppression. The writing vastly improves when Nick leaves the scene which happens in the middle of the book. The chemistry and mystery of what's to come between Zara and Astley is captivating. To be more specific, Astley is captivating - Zara is tiresome. Astley is an intriguing character and was my only reason to continue reading. The book does end with a major cliffhanger which may irritate some readers - but it has effectively made this somewhat disappointed reader anticipate the next book.
acsimps More than 1 year ago
I was not as happy with this book. I know that things cant always be roses and sunshine but I was not real happy with the direction of this book. I love Zara and Nick together. Where will Astley fit in when Nick comes back? and What the HELL was Zara thinking??? I dont want to give too much away for those of you who intend to read the book. I liked the book but did not LOVE the book. This book is definatly a filler between Need and the third book. I "Need" to read the next one....hope it comes out soon (and does not disappoint).
MyndiL More than 1 year ago
I'm really enjoying this series, while it has all the classic elements of a great paranormal read, it's so vastly different from anything I've personally read thus far. I know some reviews will tell you how much it's like Twilight, but aside from her being forced to move and being a little clumsy on ice (who isn't?) it's really not! I'm not really happy with where the story went this time, though that does not in anyway mean I didn't like the book itself. I just wanted different things for the characters involved. That being said, I'm anxious to get to book 3 and see how those situations pan out for them. I really love the main four characters and the differences they bring to the group. I also enjoy the interactions with Zara's grandmother and the secretary. I'm nervous about the introduction of Astley and what he could mean in the future for the group and especially for Zara. Zara has frustrated me (and her friends) with her trusting ways. As you read this book, prepare for tears, or at least shock. I was not prepared...I was not ready and i had to put the book down for a moment to collect myself. All in all, I enjoyed the book, it was a great addition to the series. If you're a fan of paranormal romance and/or YA novels, you will likely enjoy this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Again love this one too
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This review and others here: http://reviewsofyabooks.blogspot.ca/ Author: Carrie JonesPages 273 Date Published: January 5 2010 Publisher: Bloomsbury Introduction In the Second book in the Need series, Zara's problems are far from over. She finds a wounded pixie in the woods about to die. Being the way that she is, she can't just walk away and let anything die. She saves the pixie but soon finds out that he is more than just a pixie. He is a pixie king. He wants to fight Zara's biological father for his territory and his pixie's. To do that though, he will need to be a queen to make him stronger. If Zara were to become his queen, her being part pixie would make the whole process much easier. Of course she completely resents the idea of becoming a pixie, let alone becoming a queen. As things begin to fall apart in her life, she begins think that becoming a pixie queen may be the only way to hold things together. Characters/Relationships The new pixie kings name is Astley. I find him a better character than Nick is. He is nice and always calm and respects Zara and the decisions she makes. Issie and Devyen finally starts to acknowledge that they like each other. (Yay!) Plus Devyn's injury is makes a lot of progress throughout the book which is fantastic because in Need he was in a wheelchair. Cover The cover of this is a gold eyelid with a gold tear running down a cheek. I like it because does have some sad moments in the book (Don't worry it has happy moments too.) I think I liked the cover of Need a little better though. I think it is because of the trees is the bottom of the Need cover that makes me like more. Conclusion Captivate was an excellent it held my interest.Though this book did lack some of the creepy elements that Need had.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very interesting paranormal with mild romance. It was intriguing enough that I couldn't put it down and this second book in the series has built upon the character development really well. I started the third book immediately and am glad I found this series late, so I didn't have to wait to continue the storyline.
JCasey31 More than 1 year ago
Even better than the first!!! The characters absolutely had me captivated, no pun intended. The story continued on it's fast pace
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the whole series, wish there was more.
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Captivate is the 2nd book in the Need series. In this book we learn more about Zara's biological father as the group continues to fight evil pixies.